Auctioneers

The auction process is a key part of the secondary art and antiques market.

Firms of auctioneers usually specialise in a number of fields such as jewellery, ceramics, paintings, Asian art or coins but many also hold general sales where the goods available are not defined by a particular genre and are usually lower in value.

Auctioneers often provide other services such as probate and insurance valuations.

Lowestoft porcelain jug

Unique Lowestoft porcelain jug stars in our pick of five auction highlights

14 May 2021

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes the only known inscribed piece of Lowestoft porcelain with a direct link to one of the owners of the factory.

Vase used as a table

'Lost' bronze vase discovered as table base in Oklahoma

13 May 2021

A previously lost bronze and ormolu vase designed and commissioned by Thomas Hope (1769–1831) has been discovered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where it had been converted into a table base.

Martina Fusari

New appointments and latest updates from across the art and antiques sector

12 May 2021

New faces at Bonhams and Gurr Johns are among this week’s round-up of moves and appointments.

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West Sussex auction house holds first paintings preview in central London

12 May 2021

Bellmans will hold its first London preview when it exhibits highlights of its upcoming auction.

Napoleon

Remembering Napoleon 200 years after his death as demand rises for relics

10 May 2021

The bicentenary of Napoléon Bonaparte's death boosts demand for relics

Edoardo Roberti

Sotheby’s shakes up its Old Masters and Fine Art teams

10 May 2021

Sotheby’s has made changes to its Old Master department in London.

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Pick of the week: Symbol of a surprisingly diverse era

10 May 2021

London’s art world between the wars was a surprisingly diverse community.

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A 19th century baker’s shop fitting and a Lowestoft jug are among five lots to watch at auction

10 May 2021

With estimates from £1500-10,000 here are five previews of upcoming items this week.

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Swiss and German fine art highlights

10 May 2021

Recent stand-out lots from salerooms in Basel, Zurich, Constance, Stuttgart and Dresden

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Printing money: wall power and connoisseurship on a budget

10 May 2021

Modern prints can offer the chance to own interesting and eye-catching works, including those by well-known artists, without needing to invest large sums of money. This makes prints a viable option for collectors on a smaller budget as well as those just starting out.

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Roald Dahl: ‘Never shelter children from the world’

10 May 2021

The Library Auction at Hansons (Bishton Hall, Staffordshire) on June 15 includes this autograph letter by Roald Dahl.

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Triennale floor lamp lights the way at Hindman

10 May 2021

On May 20 Hindman's Modern Design sale encompasses works by American and European designers including those from France, Italy and Scandinavia.

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Learning the market for Grosvenor School

10 May 2021

The linocuts produced by artists from the Grosvenor School in London, which ran from 1925-40, have been one of the liveliest areas of the Modern British prints market in the last 15-20 years.

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Pioneers of rugby and football: Sporting dynasty's collection sold in Cardiff auction

10 May 2021

Remarkable Birkett family archive sold at Rogers Jones auction reflected the earliest days of organised sport.

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Archaistic vase at Paris auction

10 May 2021

Guantype archaistic vase, seal mark and period of Yongzheng comes up at Paris auction.

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A Polish printmaker in a Welsh mining village

10 May 2021

Most prints are closely connected with an artist’s wider oeuvre. A few good Welsh examples were on offer at Rogers Jones (22% buyer’s premium) in Cardiff on April 17.

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Metalware collection based on long experience

10 May 2021

John Douglas’ interest in antique base metalware started over 60 years ago.

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Warhol’s cat colleagues

10 May 2021

Warhol rarity sold in New York auction has feline theme

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Unique piece of the action

10 May 2021

How letters related to wars bring a connection that history books cannot match

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Music box plays a big £27,000 part in auction

10 May 2021

John Gresham was a third-generation member of a wealthy Hull timber-importing family.

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